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“100 Steps to History”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Galleria Borbonica

Galleria Borbonica
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$327.58*
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Private Walking Tour: Lights and Shadows of Naples
Ranked #2 of 494 things to do in Naples
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Enchanting scenery that unfolds to the eyes of visitors, a secret place full of history and magic atmosphere.An emotional journey that conducts visitors in the new section of the underground of Naples. It is situated in Vico del Grottone 4, from to 150 mt. to Plebiscito Square. Until a few years ago it wasa veterinary laboratory, now is the entrance of the Bourbon Tunnel. A staircase with 8 ramps, 33 yards deep descending into the belly of Chiaia. The second entry is in Via Domenico Morelli,40, through the crosswalk of “Quick parking”.The Tunnel was built in 1853 by Ferdinand II of Bourbon, who, concerned about the outbreak of rebellion, he asked for an escape from the Royal Palace to the barrack in Via della Pace, now Via Morelli. The work was uncompleted and, during the second World War, was used by residents of the area as a military hospital, later becoming the Hall Judicial Deposit.The war left its mark even in the subsoil. That’s way there are handwrite, folding beds, messages of wish and desolation of those who lived it and still maintains its memory. Along the tunnel thereare also the evidences, 530 meters, where visitors can discover the history of real life. Through the spacious streets, it’s easy reachable the network of tunnels and cisterns of seventeenth-century,large buildings, where worked the "pozzari", the only connoisseur of Naples underground.The show is stunning, but that's not finished. On Via Morelli appear statues dating back to fascist period and many cars and motorcycles, abandoned for years, freed from piles of rubbish, arranged and illuminated ad hoc for the route.Nothing is left to chance, even lighting, perfectly integrated with the path of the visitors.Since today everything is possible to visit. Five years ago the scenery was completely different.Rubbish, degradation, wastes of all kinds covered the reliquaries.
Lakewood McHenry County, Illinois
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“100 Steps to History”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2012

It was difficult to find the entrance to the tunnel even after asking many locals in Italian. But after getting there and paying the fee of 10 euros, our effort and cost was well worth it. The young guides are very proud to share the long history of the tunnel and kindly ask everyone to share their experience with others since many locals are not aware that the tunnel is open for tours.
It was extremely interesting to learn about the past history, especially the days of WWII that had a few thousand people sheltered along with a hospital for the wounded. The tour took more than an hour and you must be able to walk down about 100 steps of the narrow staircase. When the tour is finished, you are at street level and there are no steps to climb. When you leave the area,
continue walking to your right as the street curves and you will arrive at Naple's prime shopping area in a few minutes.

Visited September 2012
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Oakville, Canada
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“A great change of pace.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2012 via mobile

After spending a month in Italy I had had my fill of churches, ruins and monuments. But the tunnel was a fun and very interesting site to visit.
The history covers many time periods so it has information for history buffs and those interested in WWII.
My tour guide Lucia spoke English very well and she was fun and entertaining. Since I was the only English speaking tourist that day I had her as a private guide. I learned alot from her.
Be sure to ask about the adventure tour they offer as well.

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Manchester, WA
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“Meraviglioso!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2012

I recently moved to Naples, Italy, and have done quite a bit of exploring during the past few months. This was definitely my Naples favorite. My friend and I were the only 2 English speakers on the tour, so we had our own private guide. Maria was amazing, and able to answer all of our questions. I will definitely be taking friends and family that come to visit here.

Visited September 2012
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Adelaide, Australia
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“Unusual site in the heart of Naples.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2012

We had a 90 minute tour by a well spoken and informed young volunteer guide and found the site very surprising and interesting.
There is an extensive collection of 1930s era motor cars/bikes and other artifacts left behind by people who used the tunnels as air-raid shelters.
Full marks to the volunteers who cleaned out the tunnels and made them into a tourist attraction as well as a historic reminder to the Neapolitans of their history.
We would thoroughly reccomend this site to others seeking a different aspect of Naples.
We would have liked to take some photos but this was not allowed.

PS one doesn't need to abseil down to gain entry.

Peter & Hilde
Australia

Visited May 2012
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Piscataway, New Jersey
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“Better not miss this in Naples!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2012

I was just there today with my fiancé and we had a great time. Fabiana was our guide and was so passionate about the history, as well as a great pride for her people that it made the experience that much better. This is a hidden gem that everyone should see. If in Naples, please make sure you do this tour. I WILL be back and will do their adventure tour that will be coming soon.

Thanks Fabiana!!

Visited May 2012
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